- one of the four schools of Islamic law, founded by al-Shafiʿi.
Origin of Shafiʿi
< Arabic Shāfiʿī, derivative of name of founder al-Shāfiʿī
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Word Origin and History for shafi'i
member of one of the four principal schools of Sunni Muslims, 1704, from Arabic, from ash-Shafi'i, cognomen of founder Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Idris (767-819). Related: Shafi'ite.
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